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first_imgRTE presenter Daithi O Se helps Elysha to celebrate her win last night. Pic courtesy of RTE.Donegal is taking a small but very important stake in last night’s Rose of Tralee winner!Stunning Elysha Brennan may have been representing Co Meath at the annual event in Kerry.But there are plenty of strong Donegal connections in her household. Her mother and grandmother are both originally from the Portnoo and Ardara areas and she still has aunts and cousins there.Elysha’s mum is from Mulnamina while her grandmother is Annie Boyle from Loughfad.The 22-year-old Meath Rose and medical student was crowned to a standing ovation in the Dome.“Oh my goodness. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’ve never experienced a feeling like this,” Elysha told the Dome after an emotional embrace with her fellow Roses. “I’ve never been surrounded by such inspirational, moving, strong, driven, focused, ambitious women,” she continued.“And I’ve never had such big shoes to fill after Maria Walsh, you’ve had an incredible year.”Elysha had wowed the judges with her rendition of ‘Bright Blue Rose’.She emerged as an early favourite last week and was at odds of 3/1 favourite before the announcement was made last night.Elysha was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma weeks before her repeat Leaving Cert began but has been in remission for the last two years. She is the first Meath Rose to win the title and the first representing an Irish county to be crowned Rose in seven years.Her first official photocall will take place today in the traditional Rose garden.As well as the honour of the accolade, the new Rose will be awarded a new car, a week-long holiday in Co Kerry with a friend of her choice and will spend the next year travelling as the Rose ‘connecting the global Irish community’.She will also receive a tiara designed by Philip Treacy and the Rose of Tralee Newbridge Silver Perpetual Trophy. Expect a very warm welcome when she gets around to visiting her Donegal cousins in the very near future!DONEGAL RELATIVES HELP NEW ROSE OF TRALEE ELYSHA CELEBRATE! was last modified: August 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ArdaradonegalElysha BrennanPortnooRose of Traleelast_img read more

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first_imgArea athletes delivered no shortage of memorable performances over the weekend, here are a few who stood out.Tyce Mullins — Linebacker, Eureka High footballThere was no Logger who embraced the mud-mangled, foul-smelling, rain-riddled pastures in Albee Stadium last Saturday night more so than Tyce Mullins. During a 21-0 shutout of visiting Las Lomas in the North Coast Section Division-III semifinal game it was Mullins who made a living in the visitor’s back field. Mullins had, unofficially, …last_img read more

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first_img“Gradually, while still keeping its original protective purpose, the helmet has evolved until today’s wearer carries the emblems and insignia of the various football teams, a favourite player, or the team’s mascot,” says Open Writing’s Barbara Durlarcher, a South African now living in Canada. “Evolving into a unique and distinctive piece of folk art, it has proved very popular with tourists and football aficionados.” “Initially we spoke to Fifa,” Nicholls told 2010 Countdown’s John Webb. “We spent a lot of time registering the company and protecting the rights; we’ve managed to get an investor; we’ll shortly be opening a factory.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The sound of the vuvuzela might take getting used to, the makarapa might get in some people’s line of sight, but there is no better way of creating that unique, energetic South African atmosphere during a soccer match. According to the company, manually cutting and trimming the hard hats is a difficult skill that its craftspeople work hard at perfecting. From protection to decoration According to a 2010 Countdown programme broadcast by pay-television channel M-Net in January, Alfred “Magistrate” Baloyi – from an informal settlement near Edenvale, east of Johannesburg – made the first makarapa in 1970 to protect spectators from being hit by bottles. Baloyi hand-crafted his makarapas, but could only complete two a day, and therefore partnered with businessman Grant Nicholls to increase production ahead of the 2010 World Cup. The two have had numerous requests for their makarapa’s in the run-up to the Confederations Cup, and Baloyi told the programme he hoped it would be a similar scenario ahead of the World Cup. Training crafters A South African soccer supporter will spend hours adorning his makarapa with the logo and colours of his team, images of a favourite player, words describing the imminent downfall of the opposition, and embellishments such as giant sunglasses. After lengthy discussions with the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC), Fifa finally relented, opting to allow the vuvuzela and the makarapa to be wielded and worn inside the stadiums during the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup. Cape Town-based graphic designer Michael Souter started Makaraba Makoya as a community project, both to increase the helmet’s popularity and to train unemployed South Africans in making them. SAinfo reporter Each final product “is a unique piece of sculptured artwork made from a builder’s hard hat – a true reflection of our hands-on, passionate South African soccer culture”. Watch any major South African football match, and two pieces of paraphernalia immediately stand out: one the now widely known vuvuzela trumpet, and the other the makarapa – the modified, decorated miners’ helmet unique to South African soccer fans. “We are still a small company and are in the process of training people from the township communities on the Cape Peninsula in the art of designing and painting these hard hats,” Makaraba Makoya says on its website. Now, the LOC, along with the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) and South African Tourism, are actively encouraging South Africans to take up the vuvuzela and makarapa in order to give the events a distinctive local flavour. Article last updated: May 2009last_img read more

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first_imgThe January 11 Google Doodle pays tribute to South African author and anti-apartheid activist, Alan Paton – commemorating his 115th birthday.The Google Doodle depicting South African writer Alan Paton on a train journey through the South African countryside, a trip that inspired the idea behind his best work, Cry, The Beloved Country. (Image: Google)CD AndersonSouth African writer Alan Paton, author of the classic South African novel Cry, The Beloved Country was born on 11 January 1903. Google celebrates the life and work of the author with a commemorative Doodle on the search engine’s homepage.The Doodle depicts Paton looking out on the South African countryside during a train journey that many believe was the moment the idea for his most famous work was first conceived. Paton had worked as a teacher and later as the headmaster of the Diepkloof prison for young black offenders where he took note of the effects of racial discrimination on South African youth.Through a number of his own progressive educational and social programmes at the facility, Paton hoped to reduce the suffering of prisoners, some as young as nine, and help them re-enter society on a better footing than most had arrived.Google, in a statement on the unveiling of the Doodle, hoped that highlighting Paton and his works on such a ubiquitous portal for many young people using the internet, his life story would reach new audiences.Other notable South Africans who have featured on Google Doodles in the past include Nadine Gordimer, Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko.For more information on Alan Paton, read these Brand South Africa articles below:South African literature31 books every South African should readSource: Google, eNCAWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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first_imgChief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a high level probe into the Pune wall collapse and assured the Government will fix responsibility at all levels for the accident which claimed 15 lives on Saturday. The Government deployed two of its senior ministers to the crash site and ordered the formulation of a high-level committee to oversee relief measures. A ₹5 lakh compensation was also announced for each of the deceased and ₹25,000 for the injured, the CM said. “This is a serious tragedy. We will not only register an FIR but will ensure responsibility is fixed at all levels. Those responsible for this tragedy will be punished,” he said, adding that the State machinery has been directed to act against those who erred in an impartial mannerMr. Fadnavis said a government committee will probe if the permissions were given appropriately and land was allotted in a legal manner. “We will also ensure that the dead bodies are transported to the native land where the workers came from. We will take precautions to ensure this kind of a tragedy does not happen in the future,” the CM said while on his way to Nagpur. Ravaged: The labour camps beside the wall that collapsed after heavy rain in Pune on Saturday.  | Photo Credit: Mandar Tannucenter_img The Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao also expressed grief on the death of workers in the building wall collapse at Kondhwa in Pune on Saturday. Mr. Rao, in a statement, said, “I was deeply saddened to know about the death of innocent workers, including women and children in the incident of collapse of a compound wall of a residential complex in Pune. Every life lost in the incident was precious. My heart goes out to the kin of all those who lost their loved ones, and wish speedy recovery to the injured.”last_img read more

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first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Here are this week’s best players:(1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 stealsLast Week: 1CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf you still don’t know who CJ Perez is at this point, where in the world have you been?ADVERTISEMENT The undoubted leader of Lyceum once again spread his wings, highlighting a dominating 100-63 thumping of JRU with a pair of thunderous slams on Friday.But he’s not just all style as Perez also showed he has substance to nab the throne for the third consecutive week and fifth overall, solidifying his case for the league’s Most Valuable Player award.But the last remaining test for the Pirates will be in this upcoming week as Lyceum and San Beda clash anew with an 18-0 sweep on the line.(2) Lervin Flores – C, Arellano Chiefs11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 4.0 blocksLast Week: N/ALervin Flores. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTalk about staying alive.Dead and gone a few weeks back, Arellano woke up from its slumber just in the nick of time to make a late case for the Final Four.It shouldn’t come as a surprise, too, that Lervin Flores’ stellar play coincided with the three-game winning stretch as he rekindled his magic and established himself once again as a force to be reckoned with down low.One more win separates the Chiefs from their goal of forcing a playoff, and Flores is once again expected to backstop his side in their all-important clash against Perpetual.  Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHe’s not going anywhere just yet as Robert Bolick is staying in San Beda.Skipping this year’s draft, the veteran playmaker showed how valuable he is for the Red Lions as he helped his team to pull off the 73-68 win over Letran on Friday.It’s just the kind of performance the San Beda faithful have gotten themselves accustomed to, and something they will look forward to as the Red Lions engage in a collision course against league-leading Pirates on Thursday.(5) Levi dela Cruz – G, Arellano Chiefs10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 stealsLast Week: N/ALevi dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s easy to see Arellano flop after Kent Salado suffered a slight MCL tear in his right knee.But the Chiefs are still fighting, and one of the reasons for that is Levi dela Cruz.The pint-sized playmaker has taken the baton and ran with it to keep Arellano in the thick of the playoff race.Even dela Cruz would admit that he’s no Salado, but he’s doing an admirable job holding the fort for the Chiefs in this late run as they are just a win away from forcing a playoff for the fourth and final semifinals seat. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC (6) Jayson David – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 stealLast Week: N/AJayson David. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Egay Macaraya’s secret weapon once again came to play on Friday, unleashing 24 points in San Sebastian’s 97-70 win over Mapua on Friday.Jayson David has shown glimpses of his potential being a game-changing forward for the Golden Stags, but he has to figure things out quick, especially as his team is making a run to get into the final dance.He has one more shot to show that he’s more than just a one-game sensation when San Sebastian ends its elimination schedule against Perpetual on Thursday.(7) Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers15.0 points (3/11 3PT), 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assistsLast Week: N/ATey Teodoro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTey Teodoro remains to be one of the most deadly snipers in the collegiate level today, but just like what coach Vergel Meneses is asking from him, he has to be consistent. LATEST STORIES (3) Clement Leutcheu – C, College of St. Benilde Blazers24 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blockLast Week: N/AClement Leutcheu. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot much can be said of College of St. Benilde’s campaign this season, but that won’t stop rookie coach TY Tang from looking for silver linings.And one of the pleasant surprises for him was the improvement of Clement Leutcheu.Without much to fight for, the Senegalese center has been a rock for the Blazers as they seek to finish the season strong, aiding his side to nab the 94-84 win over EAC on Thursday.St. Benilde has already made strides with its four-win output this season, but Tang remains unsatisfied as he hopes his boys learn a lot of lesson from this run and take it in the Blazers’ rebuild for next year.(4) Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions13 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists, 1 stealLast Week: N/A MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president One.That’s the number of Final Four spots that’s left to be disputed between the three teams still chasing a playoff berth in the penultimate week of NCAA Season 93.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd by the looks of it, whether or not Lyceum completes the 18-0 sweep, we would still go on a stepladder playoff as San Sebastian, Letran, Arellano are poised to finish the eliminations in a three-way tie for the fourth spot, barring any upset against their also-ran foes.That leaves much of the responsibility to the team’s leaders as their play late in the season would very much dictate whether their teams progress or not.center_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games FEU pushes shorthanded UST to brink of elimination With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Stellar in JRU’s 62-58 squeaker over Mapua on Tuesday, he was largely inefficient as  league-leading Lyceum bamboozled his side to a 100-63 beatdown.The Heavy Bombers may have already secured their seat in the Final Four, but it doesn’t mean that they can now fall into the trap of complacency, especially with motivated teams raring to upset them on their way to the semifinals. Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgPhillip Hughes would not have been sufficiently protected from the ball that struck and killed him during a cricket match 18 months ago even if he had been wearing the highest-standard helmet, a report into the Australian’s death said on Wednesday.Hughes was struck on the back of the head by a rising delivery when batting for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield game at the Sydney Cricket Ground in November 2014.He died two days later in a Sydney hospital at the age of 25.”The helmet was compliant with an Australian standard, which has since been withdrawn, but was not compliant with the more recent British standard,” the report, led by barrister David Curtain, said.”In any event … I do not believe the new helmet would have afforded additional protection against the blow given the location of where Phillip was struck, as the protection to the neck, at the rear, is no different.”The report also said the slow arrival of the ambulance that provided medical treatment to the test cricketer played no part in his death.”Although there was apparently a delay in the ambulance arriving, Phillip was being cared for appropriately in the interim,” it added.”I am of the opinion the attention received by Phillipafter being struck had no role whatsoever on his subsequent demise, due to the nature and severity of his injury.”Hughes’s death shocked the cricketing world and ignited a debate about safety standards, particularly for batsmen, who can face fast bowling that exceeds 150 kilometres per hour (93 mph).advertisementThe report recommended that all first class cricketers should be required to wear the highest British standard (BS 7928:2013) helmets available when batting against fast and medium pace bowling in matches and during practise.It also recommended wicket keepers keeping up to the stumps should wear helmets and protective eye-wear.Players fielding close to the stumps, excluding slips fieldsmen, should also wear helmets, the report said.The report noted that more international players had adopted the use of stem guards, which are attached across the back of the helmet, as “they see it providing additional safety”.”I would recommend that this device be properly evaluated for functionality and comfort as well as to determine if it materially increases player safety, before making any recommendation as to its use,” it said.Cricket Australia (CA) said it had received the Curtain review last year and would enact new safety measures.The global cricket community was deeply saddened by the tragic death of Phillip Hughes and the great loss his family suffered,?? CA CEO James Sutherland said.We have been considering (Curtain’s) recommendations and discussing with relevant bodies as to how we best make changes necessary to prevent an accident of this nature happening again.While there will always be a small risk we believe that the measures we have already taken and will enact following this review will reduce that risk even further.??last_img read more

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first_imgLiverpool are under no additional pressure to claim their first league title in 29 years despite a recent blip that has allowed Premier League champions Manchester City to reclaim top spot, according to goalkeeper Alisson.Frustrating 1-1 draws in their last two league games against Leicester City and West Ham United have left Liverpool on 62 points from 25 games and a spot behind City on goal difference, although Pep Guardiola’s side have played an extra game.”Our pressure is the same. We take things game by game without worrying about what our opponents are doing,” Brazil international Alisson said ahead of Saturday’s league clash against 10th-placed Bournemouth.The 26-year-old said that Liverpool, who were nine points ahead of City at one stage in December, were not short of belief going into the home stretch of the season.”We’ve shown in the past that we’re good enough and we’ll continue to show this in the games we’ve got to come,” he said.”Everyone wants to win this league but at Liverpool our concern is winning games and not dropping points. We don’t think about City, we think about ourselves. We only think about what we can do and how things are moving forward.”Also Watch:last_img read more

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first_imgStory Highlights Contending that the issues relating to Venezuela are “highly complex and sensitive”, Senator Johnson Smith said Jamaica’s observation and central concern is that the Venezuelan people are “urgently calling for an end to their suffering and that all efforts must be made to peacefully resolve the situation and to put their beloved country back on a path to political and socio-economic stability”. Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has reiterated Jamaica’s commitment to supporting any meaningful effort towards a peaceful resolution to the political, social and economic crisis in Venezuela. Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has reiterated Jamaica’s commitment to supporting any meaningful effort towards a peaceful resolution to the political, social and economic crisis in Venezuela.“We stand ready to participate in the search for a sustainable diplomatic solution to the crisis in that country – the people of Venezuela deserve no less,” she said in a statement during Friday’s (April 12) sitting of the Senate.Contending that the issues relating to Venezuela are “highly complex and sensitive”, Senator Johnson Smith said Jamaica’s observation and central concern is that the Venezuelan people are “urgently calling for an end to their suffering and that all efforts must be made to peacefully resolve the situation and to put their beloved country back on a path to political and socio-economic stability”.Mrs. Johnson Smith, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, noted that despite having to temporarily close the Jamaican Embassy in Caracas, due to an “unsustainable situation”. Jamaica continues its policy of maintaining cordial relations and engagement with Venezuela.“We have not broken diplomatic relations. We have consistently asserted our readiness to play whatever role possible in supporting Venezuela and the Venezuelan people during these challenging times,” she pointed out.Mrs. Johnson Smith informed that Foreign Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) recently engaged President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, and two of his representatives, who explained their positions on the humanitarian crisis and the social and economic situation in the country, as well as the ultimate goal of having new elections at an early date.“The engagement formed part of CARICOM’s efforts to bridge a divide,” she told the Senate.She noted that “as a community, we have sought to find consensus where possible”.“The Heads of State and Government of our community have clearly demonstrated that they are united in the view that respect for certain fundamental values and principles are paramount in addressing the grave situation in Venezuela,” she added.Turning to engagement within the Organization of American States (OAS) on matters relating to Venezuela, Mrs. Johnson Smith said “Jamaica continues to regard the OAS… as an important hemispheric forum out of which possible solutions can emerge”.She said that the OAS’ June 2018 and January 2019 resolutions, noted that the May 2018 electoral process in Venezuela lacked legitimacy for failure to allow participation by all political actors and to comply with internationally recognised democratic standards, including the necessary guarantees for a free, fair, transparent and inclusive process.Mrs. Johnson Smith noted that the resolutions also highlighted “our desire to see the urgent entry of humanitarian aid and implementation of epidemiological surveillance measures in Venezuela to prevent the exacerbation of the humanitarian and public health crises”.She said that another resolution on Venezuela was put before the OAS membership on April 9, which sought to treat with an imminent gap in representation before the body, due to President Nicolas Maduro’s administration announcing the intention to shortly withdraw the country’s membership.She noted that the OAS voted to accept a representative, designated by Mr. Guaidó in his capacity as President of the National Assembly and not as interim President of Venezuela.“The text, based on an amendment proposed by Jamaica, also made it clear that the acceptance of a representative would be temporary, lasting until new free and fair elections are held in Venezuela, with the expectation that the duly democratically elected Government would then appoint its permanent representative with the full endorsement of the National Assembly,” she explained.Mrs. Johnson Smith stressed that Jamaica is not among the 54 countries across the world that have accepted Mr. Guaidó’s authority as Interim President of Venezuela, who she said: “sought to invoke particular constitutional authority to assume the position”.“The Jamaican Government has not recognised Mr. Guaidó as interim President. This, however, is without prejudice to our acknowledgement of his role as the duly elected president of the National Assembly,” she said. “We stand ready to participate in the search for a sustainable diplomatic solution to the crisis in that country – the people of Venezuela deserve no less,” she said in a statement during Friday’s (April 12) sitting of the Senate. last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Contanda Terminals LLC, a provider of bulk liquid storage and logistics services in North America, has signed a multi-year commercial agreement with the Port of Houston Authority for 339 acres of deep-water access property located on the Houston Ship Channel.Contanda’s automated terminal facility will be built in phases to provide access to onsite processing, multiple ship and barge docks.The facility is centrally located for numerous pipeline connections providing support storage services for a variety of commodities including petrochemical, clean petroleum products, various blend stocks, ethanol, crude oil, and refinery intermediates and other bulk commodities, according to the company.As informed, the land acquisition enables Contanda to continue to develop its key strategic business objective of doubling its terminal storage capability over the next five years and expanding into the bulk petrochemical and hydrocarbon markets.This is expected to further strengthen the company’s presence along the US Gulf Coast where project investments have surged since 2014 and Contanda already operates three other bulk terminals.“This agreement with the Port of Houston Authority solidifies our long-term commitment to grow with the Port of Houston and the Houston Ship Channel,” G.R. (“Jerry”) Cardillo, President and CEO of Contanda, commented.“Liquid bulk storage facilities are in high demand along the Houston Ship Channel and this agreement enables Port Houston to support this vital industry sector,” Janiece Longoria, Port Chairman, said.Houston-based Contanda currently operates three storage terminals in the Houston area and 13 other bulk terminals across North America.last_img read more

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